My Coconut Grove home wakes before I do, responding to the morning settings, the shades open and light fills my bedroom. My circadian rhythms ease me into the waking world. My eyes flutter open. I move through a few minutes of gentle yoga on my bed, awakening my body and mind. Kiara, my cat, stretches and bends beside me, and then settles into a grooming routine.

“Alexa, start rain shower.” I hear the water falling in the bathroom. Steam rises over the glass shower door. I step into the hot water, breathe deeply and set intentions for the day. “Alexa, turn off the shower.” I grab a large Turkish bath towel from the warming rack and walk over to the vanity. I tell Alexa to turn my Kohler smart mirror to the brightest setting. This allows me to see all the contours of my face and any areas that need to be accentuated, blended or concealed. Before I style my hair, I pause to start the coffee.

“Alexa, start the coffee.” A rich strong brew awaits me in the kitchen. I pour the coffee into a travel mug and take a second to check my groceries in the fridge.  With a command on the control panel of the door, I scan the supplies inside. The door stays shut during this process to save energy and time. It tells me I’m low on produce, manchego, almonds, and eggs. I tap a button on the control panel, and Amazon receives the grocery order for the day.

I grab my coffee, blow a kiss to Kiara, and head to the garage. “Good morning Tesla, you beautiful little thing.” After replacing the charger on the wall, I slide into the cool dark leather seats. With the engine purring quietly, I reverse onto the sunlit driveway and pause to press “away” my iPhone. The garage door comes down, the home alarm system arms itself, window shades close, air conditioner turns up a few degrees to energy saving mode and the lights turn off.

As I move through the morning legal briefings with my assistants, meet with clients and send documents off to the courts, I take a few minutes to spy on Kiara. The cameras in my home find her in the bedroom. I can speak to her and even adjust her environment from my smart-phone. She paws at the shades, so I open them for her to do some sunbathing.

After lunch, the Amazon grocery delivery arrives. I use my phone app to disarm the alarm and unlock the front door. I watch as they quickly unload groceries into the fridge and exit the house again. I double check to make sure Kiara didn’t try to follow them out. She is still lounging in the bedroom. I reset the doors and alarm, then make an attempt at getting back to work. Only minutes later, the laundry delivery arrives. I disarm the doors and security again. The front door opens and the delivery person jumps back and screams. I realize she is new on the team and didn’t expect that. I use my app to give her instructions. Crisis averted. After she leaves, I lock up again, finish eating my Poke bowl and get back to my tasks.

After a long day, I can use my phone app to run a bath, light the fireplace and turn on some ambient music before I arrive in the garage and plug in my Tesla for the night. Kiara greets me at the door. I set my things down on the kitchen countertop and press a button on my smart wine fridge. A perfect 6 oz pour of cold Pinot Grigio streams out from the dispenser. I take a sip and kick off my shoes.

“Alexa, turn lights to spa setting.” Kiara curls up on the plush white rug at the foot of the bath. I arm the alarm and lock the doors of my house for the last time of the day, step into the tub, sink into the water, and just breathe.

‘Responsive Living,’ the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

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